25 Perfect Movies for a First Date

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Planning a date is not as simple as it used to be, especially a first date. With all the added pressure of text messaging and social media, the dating scene can seem a little daunting. Sometimes, you just have to go old school with the old dinner-and-a-movie approach. And whilst there will be some people that will call you cliché and unimaginative for falling back on this date combo, all you need to do is sit back, relax and let the movie do all the work.

25 Perfect Movies for a First Date:

1. “It Happened One Night” (1934)

There might not be a better romantic comedy than this.


2. The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

The better, sweeter, and black-and-white version of You’ve Got Mail.

3. Casablanca (1942)

You can’t get any classier than with a classic movie on a first date.

4. Roman Holiday (1953)

There’s nothing more romantic, full of adventure, and this one certainly takes the cake.

5. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

Hepburn shows that if you’ve got company, you might just fall in love.

6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Part wacko crazy, part romantic, this film is all you need if you chose to go off-track a little by the end of the night.

7. Annie Hall (1977)

Watch this movie to see what exactly you should want out of a relationship.

8. The Breakfast Club (1985)

If your date doesn’t cry at the end, there’s no hope for a relationship.

9. The Princess Bride (1987)

Because high adventure while capturing an epic romance that doesn’t feel contrived, is actually the perfect combination for a first date.

10. Say Anything… (1989)

There is no iconic love scene quite like the one when John Cusack’s character holds up a boombox in the dark.

11. Ghost (1990)

All that’s important is that true love is stronger than death and that pottery is completely different when “Unchained Melody” is playing.

12. Groundhog Day (1993)

Filled with romance and comedy, this film is actually quite lovable and very quotable.

13. Before Sunrise (1995)

Can you name a better movie to watch on a first date than a movie about two people going out on a first date?

14. Jerry Maguire (1996)

A love story created from nothing. Plus it’s about sports, sort of.

15. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

A great better way to see if your date has an appreciation for the written (and spoken) word?

16. High Fidelity (2000)

Apparently John Cusack has a superpower that allows him to make a movie about top- five lists regarding music’s effect on everyday life.

17. Amélie (2001)

Because every movie list needs to have at least one foreign film.

18. Underworld (2003

. Because sometimes you need to watch a movie about the forbidden love between a vampire and a werewolf in a world run by people who wear spandex.

19. Anchorman (2004)

It’s funny, not romantic, less intimidating, and very quotable. A great film if you’re looking for something a little less profound to take the edge off.

20. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Romantic comedy meets science fiction. It’s a win-win for everyone watching.

21. Once (2007)

First dates are all about finding out if and how you connect with someone. This movie is all about that connection.

22. Wall-E (2008)

Yes, even a cartoon robot that falls in love with another robot can be incredibly uplifting.

23. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

A great way to see if your date has a quirky sense of humor. It’s also a great riff on the innocence of childhood love.

24. Her (2013)

A film that shows how awkward dating can be in the twenty-first century.

25. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Another Wes Anderson film to see if your date has a sense of humor.